This is something that I've been thinking about for awhile: Green Thursday. So from now on, every Thursday, I will bring you green related news. Starting with this post. - dewita
In Canada, residents can apply for grants to retrofit their homes to be more energy-efficient. There they call it energy evaluation. Over here, we call it 'energy audit.' What is in a name? In the U.S., we also offers the same type of program like they do in Canada. 'Weatherization assistance program' is a program for the neediest citizens that runs via Department of Energy.
The DOE last year allocated just $227.2 million for the Weatherization Program, which was founded in 1976 and has so far helped around 6.2 million families' homes become more energy-efficient by upgrading insulation, heating and cooling systems, air filters, and windows.[via BusinessWeek]
President Obama's Stimulus package provides $5 billion to improve energy efficiency of more than 1 million homes through weatherization (which is 25x 2008 budget!). The program will help save $350 per year on heating and air-conditioning bills.
For others who have the means, you can hire professional energy auditors to help evaluate and analyze how you consume energy at home. It may cost some money, but it's worth it. Because this is the low hanging fruit.